As your loved one gets older, you may find that they are starting to need more help with things like grocery shopping, meal preparation, bathing, transportation to appointments, medication management, etc.  It may be something that family members can assist with in the beginning, but sometimes your loved one’s needs may exceed what family and friends can provide.

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In part three of the three part strengthening series I am going to add some stability work to the five exercises you have been working on. Spring time is upon us and it’s time to get out in the yard and admire all those tulips, hyacinths and daffodils that are popping up in the flower beds. Continue reading



Tips to Prevent Falls at Home During the Night

It’s important to prevent falls. But as we age, balance declines, especially in the dark. Nearly two-thirds of older adults get out of bed to visit the bathroom two or more nights per week. Answering nature’s call shouldn’t be dangerous.

The Mayo Clinic recently posted tips for preventing falls. You can read the full article, or here is a quick summary of the fall prevention tips we think are most important for aging adults who get out of bed during the night.

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Minimizing and/or preventing falls is crucial for active adults. Exercising the hips, torso and shoulders will help stabilize your body in activities of daily living. This part 2 post on stability exercises puts you on the floor. Being able to get down onto the floor and back up again could be life saving, especially if you live alone. Lots of information on subject, www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/index.html.

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As a follow up to my previous entry, I would like to continue some simple strategies to prevent falls using adaptive equipment. As an Occupational Therapist, I have worked with Seniors almost exclusively over the past 10 years. I have found that good quality adaptive equipment can significantly help with fall prevention.

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Previously I wrote about the three sensory systems: somatosensory, visual and vestibular to help keep you balanced. Now that you have practiced those exercises which tap into each system, I wanted to put them all together and show you some additional drills. The multisensory system drills are fun and will challenge your abilities so please use caution when performing them. Please stop any of these drills if you become dizzy or disoriented at any time. Do not move on to the next drill until the first one can be performed with good balance.

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Did you know it takes three systems in our body to remain balanced? The first one is the somatasensory which involves the receptors in your skin, the feeling of touch. Your second system is the visual which is the relationship of your head and eyes to surrounding objects. Finally the vestibular is your head position in relation to gravity.

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